Seattle Seahawks: What Does the Percy Harvin Trade Mean for Golden Tate?

By Bob Kaupang
Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks
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Many people expect newly acquired Percy Harvin to be the go-to wide receiver on the Seattle Seahawks. Those people, in my opinion, are wrong. Sidney Rice and Golden Tate are expected to remain the starters.

Sure, you can say that Harvin is now the highest paid receiver on the team and you would be right. However, Harvin was brought in because head coach Pete Carroll loves unique players. Just because Harvin isn’t going to be used the way stereotypical receivers like Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson are used, it doesn’t mean he won’t have just as big of an impact. He will be used in the return game, at receiver, in the backfield, etc. He is going to be a nightmare for NFC West defensive coordinators.

Tate is going to remain a starter on the outside, while Harvin is more suited for the slot. When you factor in Rice, you have an abundance of unique talent at the position. When the Seahawks have Rice, Tate and Harvin on the field at the same time, it is going to be tough to stop.

If you want to focus on Rice, you’re going to get burned by Harvin in the slot or Tate on the outside, and that is assuming you’re smart and have eight men in the box to stop running back Marshawn Lynch. If you want to focus on Harvin, its silly to let Rice and Tate run free. Nobody is going to focus on Tate and that is why he is going to run wild this season in an offense that will gain many more yards and score a lot more points than last season when quarterback Russell Wilson was handcuffed by conservative playcalling early in the year.

Not only has Tate developed into a good player, but he’s got weapons all around him and will be the forgotten man, except when he is seen scoring touchdowns on SportsCenter on a regular basis.

Bob Kaupang is a Seattle Seahawks writer for Follow him on twitter @seahawksbob.

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